Estela

4.6
323 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos took over the intimate space that once housed the Knitting Factory music venue and turned it into estela. Set above Houston Street, the lively restaurant serves a New-American menu, cooked with a personal approach that incorporates the many diverse experiences and cultures of New York City. There is a deep wine list, as well as a bar serving cocktails late into every evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 219-7693
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignacio Mattos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mulberry / Mott Sts.
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Public transit
B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
323 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
75%
Very Good
16%
Good
6%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved it. Food was top notch!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Probably my favorite NYC Restaurant for “normal” dining (EMP for occasion dining). It’s just amazing.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We ate some of the best tapas! The black rice with romesco and squid is AMAZING. All the dishes really pack a punch of flavor. Our server helped us pick out wine and they did not disappoint. Wish we had this restaurant on Chicago!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Visiting NY got a recommendation from friends. The sharing concept , the dishes were a refreshing concept. The food was excellent

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Small plates, delicious food, out of the ordinary dishes...thumbs up all around.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

For last two years my “ go to” restaurant knowing there will be no disappointment. Can exhale and just enjoy. No dish has been below very good and a few stalwarts always meet high expectations. Be back soon.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I am a regular at this restaurant because the food is carefully prepared, the flavor combinations are original and integrated with skill. As usual, the endive salad is full of surprises, the mackerel perfectly prepared and allowed to be itself. Recommend without reservation.

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very cramped space. Very loud. Food was inventive but so not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Amazing food. Different and very tasty.
Loved it.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Steak at $39.00 was tough and filled with tough grain. Returned it. Food good but not a repeat for us.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great food. Ricotta dumplings are not to be missed. The chocolate cake still has me swooning. Lemon tart was refreshing and a nice counter balance. Loved the cool and unpretentious vibe.... our waiter was straight from heaven. Knowledgeable, gracious, just a total delight! I’m looking forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Excellent food with a good, if limited, wine list. Always love spending time at Estella, though our table was in the bar section which was crowded and loud. I have always sat in the restaurant area before, and felt the two tables in the bar where an attempt to excrete further revenue at the expense of the consumer experience.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent food and service. Incredibly knowledgeable waitstaff took us through the menus. Outstanding experience!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

very very special cuisine...and a place. thank you

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Way way too loud. Is at the front windows or in the back. The middle section with the small circle tables is not good. Too close to table next to it. Otherwise food was really good. May be less noisy if we had asked for seat at the bar; but they filled up quickly.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Perfection. Delicious. Would highly recommend. Ate at the bar and it felt casual while still being fine dining level cuisine.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Wonderful food as always, service good but not outstanding

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Superb service, food, atmosphere, and wine! Just overall amazing! We loved every dish but especially the ricotta dumplings! :) Best restaurant we've visited in New York!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The stars aligned when we dined at Estela for Sunday brunch. All elements of the experience were in harmony. The food shone bright. We chose three smaller dishes ,two mains and a dessert. The standout dish was the endive,walnuts,anchovy and ubriaco rosso- full of refreshing flavours with a surprising crunchy texture. Not far behind was the Mackerel dish , featuring fermented nettle ,an absolute taste
revelation and sensation to me , and a spicey sauce on the side.
We had our waitress choose our dessert. Chocolate Cake with whipped cream sounds rather pedestrian.
Believe me, it was anything but. A perfect finale, to a stellar meal.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Estela is a great destination, if you can get a rez. I haven't tried it but our waiter suggested coming in after 9 and likely get a seat at the bar. The food is great. Reasonably priced but the small plates can increase the price quickly. For 2 of us, we had 5 dishes and 4 drinks - $250 including tip. Service is friendly and helpful. There was not miss on what we ordered. Def a place to go often, if you can get in.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

the portion of the food is very very small but very expensive for small tapas. The most expensive tapas i had so far.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Very good food but very expensive plates for what are otherwise small portions.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Very good food. Lots of interesting flavors. Very good service.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Delicious food and flawless service. A bit on the loud side but a great vibe overall.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

It's always a treat to dine at Estela. The food is superb, and the wine selection is exquisite.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Overall good - however the air-con was not working on the evening we dined so it was uncomfortably hot. The food is exceptional if not a little over priced. The service is pushy which is not great and unfortunately our table reservation was not ready at the booking time and there was nowhere to wait so we had to stand awkwardly in a very crowded bar area for some 15mins for the earlier booking to vacate.

Pity as the food at Estela is amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing food. Staff was perfectly attentive, timing our courses perfectly. Endive salad was incredible.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Amazing tartare and lamb. Everything great but these two stood out

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

A very high quality dining establishment with creative satisfying combinations. Top notch serving staff and a by the glass wine list that made me giddy with excitement. Next time I’m in nyc, this will be my first reservation.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Seriously excellent! If you come to NY do not leave without eating here. The service is good too. It’s great if you are a foody. Outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food, great feel. Classic. Love it always and forever.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went there for dinner, everything was great except the sea bream with sea urchin, the sea urchin wasn’t fresh, not recommend that dish

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was delicious showing good technique, drinks we good, and service was great.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

My new favorite place in New York City. The food is spectacular and so is the atmosphere of Estela. I will be talking about this restaurant for a long time and can’t wait to go back

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Estella. The food was wonderful from beginning to end. The staff was very good about guiding us through the number of plates and details that were very helpful. We purchased a bottle of wine from an part of Spain not normally known for its wine. Soon after we did the sommelier came over to describe the wine and make sure we understood it was a little different that most whites from Spain. She wanted to make sure we were happy with our selection. That was the attitude of the staff from beginning to end. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great meal. Would be best to go with a group as the small plates are perfect size for sharing. (Generous portions for small plates).

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food is ok but unfortunately not worth the price.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Not good al all

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The tapas were tasty I just wish there was a larger selection of flavors to choose from, the list was too short to accommodate for a variety of tastes, it was pricey and I probably wouldn’t return

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Food is outstanding. Service also very good. The only negative is that is terribly noise.

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